We made 6 episode on our own. Now we need your help to make more!
Your contribution will keep this series going and you can get some fun rewards along the way.
BIT Parts: Your Video Games are Their Jurisdiction
Within the world of BIT Parts, gamers are an unexplained phenomenon, that only conspiracy nuts believe in. One such believer is Agent Zero (Jolyn Janis), a member of the Binary Investigation Team (B.I.T.), an agency that runs behind-the-scenes maintaining stability within video games. Agent Zero is partnered with Agent One (Brian Villalobos), a by-the-books recruit who feels that his new career is being jeopardized by Agent Zero’s crazy theory.
Throughout the season, the agents’ efforts to prove gamers exist are thwarted by the nefarious Debug (Shannon McCormick) who seeks to drive a wedge between the partners and prevent Agent Zero from discovering the truth. The first season is about how far Agent Zero will go to prove that gamers exist and how long Agent One will stick by her.
Our Kickstarter goal is to fund the next six episodes (episodes 7–12).
While we have a full 24-episode first season already written, it would take a good amount of money to film the remaining 18 episodes at once, so we’re breaking it up into six at a time. We made the first six with money out of our own pockets. Now, we want to work with you on creating the rest of the series here on Kickstarter.
The average cost for an episode is $5,000. Even though we keep a small cast and crew, the cost adds up quickly when you consider that this amount has to cover cast, crew, locations, props, costumes and equipment.
Here is a breakdown of where the $5,000 per episode goes:
Production Crew: $2,800 This includes director, producer, assistant director, script supervisor, director of photography, grip/gaffer, hair and make-up, location sound mixer and boom operator
Post-Production: $800 Includes editing, sound mixing, music and VFx
Equipment Rental: $200
Props and Costumes: $200
Meals and Snacks: $100
As you can see, 100% of the money you contribute to this project will go toward production costs for BIT Parts.
The support we receive here on Kickstarter determines how many episodes we film. So, truly, the number of new episodes we create is up to you!
$65,000: Episodes 13–18. This set of episodes goes deep into the mystery surrounding Agents Zero and One and ramps up the drama and action.
$100,000: Episodes 19–24. This includes an explosive two-part season finale that you won’t want to miss. If we can make this goal, we’ll be able to film 18 episodes at once, which means that we can release them to you without interruption.
FOR ALL BACKERS AT ALL LEVELS
All backers at any level will receive instant access to the next episode of BIT Parts and will continue receive the next episode a full week before the general public
ORIGINAL VIDEO-GAME–BASED SONGS
$15 level: Choose one song $25 level: Choose two songs $50+ levels: Get the full seven-song album
Written and performed by Alan Koda, a member of our talented sound team, these songs were created throughout 2012 as part of our monthly video game shorts series De-Pixelated. We only get to feature about 30 seconds of the songs in the credits, so we are excited to offer this reward because they deserve to be enjoyed in their entirety.
Show your support for our series with a three-sticker set.
Available at the $25 and above levels.
For $25, choose a "Fast Travel is for Pussies" or "F*** that Butterfly" T-shirt for your very own. These shirts are based on our short Skyrim Intervention (check it out here).
You pick your favorite video game song and we’ll create a sweded version that you can use as a ringtone or however you want to use it!
BIT PARTS 8-BIT
Agents Zero and One get the 8-bit treatment in this
Kickstarter-only t-shirt. This is a quality screen-printing on a soft,
American Apparel black t-shirt. Available at the $50 and above levels.
School our cast and crew on the console and game of your
choice. Think you can beat director Ben Moody and actor Shannon McCormick in a
game of Halo? How about testing your skills in Borderlands against our
assistant director Shawn Marchese and script supervisor Lisa Marchese? Choose
this level to get a personalized gaming night with us! Available for a $100 contribution.
REQUEST A SWEDE
You name the game and we’ll create a no-budget video based on it. What game should never be made live action? We look forward to the challenge!
Here's an example (choose this level to have your very own version!):
LIMITED EDITION BIT PARTS POSTER BY TIM DOYLE
Tim Doyle is an Austin-based illustrator who does amazing
work. We are lucky enough to be working with Tim to create a limited-edition, Kickstarter-only poster (a maximum of 200 prints will be made). The artwork
will only be created once we reach our goal because we want the art to truly
represent this campaign. In other words, we want to wait until we know how many episodes will be funded (and, therefore, how many game references we’ll have for Tim to work into the design).
These are not going to be flimsy, cheap posters. They are
going to be the type of poster you will want to frame and proudly hang on your
wall. For you designer types, this will be a color poster printed on 100lb
cover cougar white stock paper. The poster is available at the $150 Expansion Pack and $225 Combo Move levels only.
Here’s a sample some of our favorite illustrations by Tim to give
you an idea of his work and style:
To celebrate releasing BIT Parts episodes 1–6 and
making 12 shorts in 12 months, we are holding a private screening party at the
Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX for our cast and crew.
Up to 10 Kickstarter backers can join us for this screening
where we’ll watch all of the episodes on the big screen while enjoying a cold
beer and eating a slice or two of pizza. Only 10 contributors at the $500 PARTY MODE level will be able to attend this exclusive event!
Please Note: This
party is happening on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, which is before the Kickstarter
campaign is over. You must be present in Austin, TX on 12/11/12 in order to attend
this event. Travel & accommodation is not included. This event is only available
in person. If you take this reward level, we will contact you personally with
details about the location and time.
BE A BIT PART
Want to be featured in an episode of BIT Parts? Then, this
is the level for you. Filming will take place in Austin, TX and you must be
present the day of filming to be featured in the episode. Travel & accommodation is
not included. For $2,500, you and just one other person will have this opportunity.
NAME THE GAME
Are you a game publisher that wants your game to be featured
in BIT Parts? Maybe you're a super fan of a particular game and have some
extra money lying around? Either way, if you take this level, you can name any
game, old or new, on any platform and we’ll work with you to write an episode
around it. Your contribution of $10,000 will seal the deal.
Who is Blue Goggles
Blue Goggles Films started as a husband-and-wife team that wanted a creative outlet in film and interactive media. What literally started
as the two of them holding all positions, grew into a team of talented and dedicated people.
In 2012, we decided to test our skills and grow our craft even further by taking on a challenge to film one short each month. We've been working tirelessly each month to create high-quality shorts on a shoestring budget.
Our team has learned a tremendous amount through this process and we're ready to take on a bigger project with BIT Parts. This series will enable us to tell a single story in a longer, more in-depth fashion
With your help, we can continue working together on BIT Parts and bring you an original story based in the world of video games—a story that celebrates games and also brings you something you haven't seen before.
Please contribute and share this project with your friends. We look forward to working with you on BIT Parts!
* Special thanks to Game Over in Austin, TX for letting us film our Kickstarter video in their store. If you are in Austin, you really need to check out their area stores for the best in all things video games.
Risks and challenges
Entering a film production is stressful and things can go wrong at any turn. There are many elements that must come together in order for a production to succeed. If there is anything we have learned in our monthly shorts challenge this year, it is to be levelheaded and quick to adapt.
Here’s an example of our ability to think fast and turn a very difficult challenge into a success. For our short "De-Pixelated: Borderlands" filmed last August, one of the two actors didn't show up. We were set up, ready to go and couldn't cancel the production. Instead of trying to call in another actor (which would have taken too much time), we decided that the actor who was already on set could play both parts.
It was a western-style standoff and one character was in a mask the whole time, so with careful editing and a crew member's feet standing in a few shots, we were able to get it done and no one (but us) was the wiser that it was the same person playing both parts.
This illustrates that we know the importance of delivering on our promises. Getting that promised short done on schedule, required us to be creative with it—and the final product didn't suffer one bit.
It’s that kind of perseverance, creativity, dedication and professionalism we will bring to the BIT Parts series, which will be your series, too. Thank you for helping us deliver this quality web series to you!
We are posting new episodes here to Kickstarter a week before they are released on our YouTube channel. These videos will be posted in the "Updates" tab and available to Backers only. So, make sure to visit the Updates tab after you contribute. Thanks!
FAST TRAVEL: Choose a "Fast Travel is for Pussies" or "F*** that Butterfly" t-shirt. Check out the shirts in the description on the left. Plus, get our three-pack sticker set and a thank you on our website.
SWEDED RINGTONE: You pick your favorite video game song and we’ll create a sweded version that you can use as a ringtone or however you want to use it! This level also includes a choice of two of our original video-game-based songs (non-Sweded!), the three-pack BIT Parts sticker set, plus early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
ROCK STAR: Who needs a guitar controller when you can rock out with all seven of our original video-game–based songs in MP3 format and HD-quality digital download of all episodes! Plus get our three-pack BIT Parts sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
8-BIT LEGEND: Wear your old school cred with pride in this Kickstarter-only BIT Parts "8-bit" t-shirt. Plus get the seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
GAME NIGHT: Show our cast and crew your skills in one of our Blue Goggles hosted XBOX 360, PS3 and PC online gaming nights! Plus get the seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
REQUEST A SWEDE: You name the game and we’ll create a no-budget video based on it. What game should never be made live action? We look forward to the challenge! This level also includes the seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
EXPANSION PACK: Get a limited edition, Kickstarter-only BIT Parts poster by artist Tim Doyle (see samples of Tim’s awesome work in the description to the left), plus the seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
SUPER COMBO: Get a combo pack including the limited edition Kickstarter-only poster and t-shirt, plus the seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
PARTY MODE: Join us for our year-end cast & crew party on Dec. 11 at the Alamo Drafthouse (best theater in the world) where we’ll be screening BIT Parts episodes 1–6 on the big screen as well as all of our monthly shorts from 2012. Plus, get the t-shirt, seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website. NOTE: Please see the description for details about this reward. Travel to Austin not included; this is an in-person reward only.
GOD MODE: Executive producer credit on our series. Plus get the t-shirt, seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.
BE A BIT PART: That’s right—you could be in an episode as a character from one of the games featured in season one. Plus get the t-shirt, seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website. Travel to Austin not included; this is an in-person reward only.
NAME THE GAME: Tell us what video game you want to see in BIT Parts. We’ll write an original episode around it and give you an executive producer credit. Plus get the t-shirt, seven-song MP3 album, HD digital episode download, three-pack sticker set, early access to episodes and a thank you on our website.